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August 22, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Birthday Wish Comes True for California Lottery Player


Enoc Monterola 440

New Scratchers® Ticket Pays Off Big 

SACRAMENTO – Enoc Monterola was having a pretty good start to his birthday after winning $15 on a Scratchers ticket. He decided to test his luck again and used his winnings to buy two $5 Smokin’ Hot Cash Scratchers tickets. Monterola was ecstatic after one of those was a $250 winner. His excitement quickly turned into disbelief after he scanned his ticket and learned that it was actually worth $250,000! Needless to say, Monterola will probably never ever forget his 45th birthday.

We asked the birthday boy what his reaction was when he realized he had won $250,000, and he said “I didn’t believe it…I still don’t.” Monterola also told us he would like to use his winnings to help his mother buy a house.    

Monterola purchased his winning ticket at Veras Market, which is located at 3667 Delta Avenue in Long Beach (Los Angeles County).

Smokin’ Hot Cash is the latest $5 Scratchers game and is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. Like all Lottery Scratchers games, the Smokin’ Hot Cash game comes with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning Smokin’ Hot Cash Scratchers ticket codes for a chance to win. For more information on the game and a simulation on how to play, please click here.
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